Takeoff – The Last Rocket: C+

Phillip Boulware, Staff Reporter

In this new album, the Migos’ Takeoff holds his own|Photo courtesy of Billboard 

The Atlanta underdog Takeoff finally gets his turn in the spotlight with his newest album “The Last Rocket” and wants to capitalize on any and all opportunities to express his individuality. Interesting enough, I think it’s safe to say Takeoff’s debut far surpasses the debut album of his uncle and Migos frontman, Quavo.

With the pleasant lack of autotune usage, you’re allowed to see the quiet-spoken member of the group at his most vocal and comfortable. His sharp, effortless delivery has arguably been one of the most compelling elements of the group’s success.

One of the more interesting things to point out is that there is hardly any outside involvement as both features are minor uncredited vocals from Quavo and pop newcomer Dayytona Fox who lends his vocals to the groovy, electronic-dance song ‘’Infatuation’’ which is different from anything that the artist has been known for. Even the production comes from frequent Migos collaborators such as DJ Durel (who also is the group’s tour DJ), Cassius Jay, and Murda Beatz.

The album boasts several club bangers like “Casper”, “Soul Plane”, and “She Gon’ Wink.” The singles are a shining example why Takeoff is just as crucial to the trio as the others despite the other group members seeing more success in their solo endeavors with other artists.

While the long-awaited LP, has its high points, some of the songs can be found repetitive or formulaic. With most of the references being to drugs, jewelry, money, or women, his content and subject matter has remained a constant since 2013.

Despite some great efforts made, the album’s 38-minute runtime, doesn’t allow the audience to fully be aware of all the skills he can possess. The album’s 12 track-glimpse into the mind of Takeoff is still far more impressive than the full-length LP Quavo Huncho, which contained 19 songs a slew of high-profile collaborations.